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This Woodcroft Guy

I liked Jay Woodcroft’s style from the moment he was introduced to assembled media as Dave Tippett’s replacement as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. Standing, not sitting, at the podium in a power stance with his hands on his hips. I’m not sure why that image stood out for me, but it did. Here…

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Off the Top of My Head

When the Edmonton Oilers get the kind of goaltending they got from Mike Smith against the Vegas Golden Knights in a matinee Saturday, you get what the local faithful were buzzing about on the way to the parking lot after a 4-0 win.

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Hyman Makes a Difference

There’s no doubt Leon Draisaitl and Mike Smith stole the show for the Edmonton Oilers in last night’s 4-0 drubbing of the Nashville Predators, but Zach Hyman caught my eye yet again. He’s made a habit of that this season.

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He Said What?

“I wouldn’t want to play us in the first round or in the playoffs in general.” – Edmonton forward Leon Draisaitl, April 12 That snippet from Draisaitl in the wake of a 2-1 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche certainly didn’t age well as it was making the rounds this morning after the Edmonton Oilers…

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In Tandem

There’s certainly room for debate whether the Edmonton Oilers have good enough goaltending as they hit the final stretch before playoffs, but there’s no question Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith have been better in 29 games under Jay Woodcroft than they were before he arrived.

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I Wish I Had Jesse’s Game

After taking a playful poke at Dustin Nielson on Twitter today for another TSN 1260 morning show dedicated to extolling the virtues of Jesse Puljujarvi, I should set the record straight. Flaws and all, I like the player Puljujarvi has been since he returned to the Edmonton Oilers from taking time away to play with…

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Off the Top of My Head

It shouldn’t be any real surprise Connor McDavid carried a 15-game points streak and six-game goal streak into play against the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Place last night — streaks that came to an end as the Edmonton Oilers dropped a 2-1 decision in a shootout.

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Got a Save There

Mike Smith has taken more crap than a porta-potty during the Edmonton Folk Festival so far this season as he’s tried to regain his form, and with good reason. That said, it’s fair to suggest it looks like Smith is finding his game given what we’ve seen lately.

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The Legend of Leon

Down the road, many years from now, somebody will talk or write about the night they watched Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers score his 50th goal of the 2021-22 NHL season against the Anaheim Ducks while playing on one leg. Time does that.

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Off the Top of My Head

Any team serious about getting something done in the playoffs shouldn’t have to put six pucks in the net to win a game by a single goal, but that’s exactly what the Edmonton Oilers needed to beat the St. Louis Blues 6-5 in overtime Friday.

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Woodcroft’s Way

If there’s one thing we’re learning about Jay Woodcroft as he navigates his first stretch as a head coach in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers, it’s that he’s deft at getting his message across – just like Connor McDavid was scoring the shootout winner in a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at…

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More Like It

The challenge for the Edmonton Oilers when the puck dropped against the Arizona Coyotes last night was to put the stench of Saturday’s embarrassing 9-5 loss to the Calgary Flames behind them and continue playing the kind of hockey fans have come to enjoy at Rogers Place of late. After a game in which the…